The holidays are quickly approaching and we know how worried people get about holiday weight gain with all the tempting foods that surround them at family gatherings. Stop worrying and check out these 6 simple hacks anyone can do and chances are no one will even notice these healthy holiday swaps!
𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓜𝓪𝓼𝓱𝓮𝓭 𝓟𝓸𝓽𝓪𝓽𝓸 𝓗𝓪𝓬𝓴
Ready? You are gonna love this… instead of butter and milk, use seasoned chicken broth. The flavor is incredible and they will still turn out as silky and smooth as ever!
Another great hack for your mashers is to use half potatoes and half-boiled cauliflower. All you have to do is boil and mash potatoes and cauliflower, add salt, pepper, crushed garlic and slowly add in the chicken broth or stock.
🤷♀️ What’s the difference between stock and broth and which one is better?
Stock is made from simmering the bones from your meat for a long period of time to extract the flavors from them. This can result in a more flavorful and well-rounded stock that is great to use in many dishes such as sauces and soups.
Broth is made from using the meatier parts of your bird to flavor it. You can make a broth out of poultry, fish, beef, and even vegetables! Broth is often lighter than its stock counterpart, which makes it great for using to boil pasta, steaming vegetables and of course as a base for soups! https://www.spendwithpennies.com/stock-vs-broth-whats-difference/
𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝔀𝓮𝓮𝓽 𝓜𝓪𝓼𝓱𝓮𝓭 𝓟𝓸𝓽𝓪𝓽𝓸 𝓗𝓪𝓬𝓴
This is different than sweet potatoes. This is pretty much using the same concept as above, but use baked butternut squash (you can even get it frozen and already cut and/or pureed nowadays!). In a saucepan add your potatoes, squash, cinnamon, and a little stevia or maple syrup. Mash and slowly add some chicken stock until you get the consistency you and your family like. Of course, you could use sweet potatoes too!
🤷♀️ How do I bake squash?
We are glad you asked! Simply cut your squash in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff. Place your halves cut side down in a shallow baking pan and fill with water so it reaches halfway up your gourds. Place in 350 degrees F preheated oven and bake until a knife can pierce through flesh easily. It usually takes about 35-45 minutes.
🤷♀️ How do I roast squash?
We love to roast our veggies! To roast your squash cut it in half and scoop out the insides, the seeds, and stringy stuff. Place in a shallow baking pan. If you want to you can fill the centers with brown sugar and butter or you can just let their already sweet goodness do their job! Bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour. If you want to turn the heat up you can just keep an eye on them!
𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓻𝓸𝓽 𝓗𝓪𝓬𝓴
Boil baby or cut up regular size carrots and finish them off with sugar-free maple syrup before serving.
𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓽𝓾𝓯𝓯𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓗𝓪𝓬𝓴
For your stuffing, again, instead of butter use chicken stock. Or, you can choose to do half butter and half stock. Either way, you will be saving huge calories without compromising the flavor. Also adding celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and mushrooms bulks it up and adds a ton of fiber, texture, and flavor to your healthy holiday stuffing.
𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓟𝓲𝓮 𝓗𝓪𝓬𝓴
Stick with a one-crust pie. Less crust equals less fat. Pie crusts have loads of fat and carbs. You will still get that wonderful salty goodness with fewer calories. Choosing pumpkin pie over pecan or fruit pies will save you even more on your waistline. Choosing a sugar-free pudding pie would also be a wiser choice.
You don’t have to be a Sous Chef to create health-conscious healthy holiday meals, just a little creative thinking! Happy Holidays!
Tammy Patnode is an IFBB pro physique competitor and NPC judge. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She offers contest prep, general training and weight loss programs for men and women that are customized for each client.
Tammy is one of our exclusive HerSUPPZ BRAND AMBASSADORS!
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